Coal Miner’s Pick
Brora Heritage Centre

This is an original pick used by a miner in the Brora Coal Mine. It has a short shaft as space was tight underground. Sometimes, the men would have to lie on their backs to get to the coal seam, which was less than a metre thick.

The pick has a wooden shaft, which widens at the head so that the double-bladed metal pick can be fixed in place. Each end of the pick is different: one is flat and one is pointed to make the tool more versatile.

Brora’s was the most northerly coalfield in Britain. It finally closed in 1974.

Roll Over The Image To Zoom In

Date: 1900-1920
Materials : Metal, Wood
Size : 67cm x 32cm

Associated Activies

On Reflection

Memorialising… The Commandos



Skip to content